September 9, 2013

Chileans Mark 40 Years of US Orchestrated Coup

Tens of thousands of Chileans demonstrated to remember the many victims of the U.S. orchestrated coup that overthrew Chilean President Salvador Allende and placed General Augusto Pinochet in power on September 11, 1973.

Some of the marchers carried pictures of their loved-ones who were abducted or killed by the Pinochet regime and held signs with slogans such as "40 years after the coup, nobody and no one has been forgotten."

The two-hour march ended at a cemetery with a memorial to the victims of the Pinochet regime.

"Forty years on, we are still demanding truth and justice. We won't rest until we find out what happened to our loved ones who were arrested and went missing" never to return, said Lorena Pizarro, leader of a relatives' rights group.

Pinochet died in 2006, aged 91, without facing justice for the countless atrocities he had committed under his dictatorship.

The overthrow of Chile's government was orchestrated on behalf of US corporations intent on exploiting Chile's mineral wealth and the CIA. Henry Kissinger was a key player and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize despite his many war crimes.

America's brutal suppression of democracy and self-determination was not limited to Chile. Activists and intellectual leaders were hunted down, tortured and killed throughout the Americas under the CIA's Operation Condor, which continues to this day but on a much more limited basis.